Health and Lifestyle

DOH logs over 1.6K respiratory cases in Albay amid Mayon unrest

DOH logs over 1.6K respiratory cases in Albay amid Mayon unrest

July 17, 2023, 2:48 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 1,624 acute respiratory infections among evacuees in Albay amid Mayon Volcano's continuing unrest. DOH Undersecretary Enrique Tayag said Monday the respiratory cases included coughs, colds, and sore throats, and were logged under the syndromic… Read More

DOH: 44 of 46 identified provinces in PH already filariasis-free

DOH: 44 of 46 identified provinces in PH already filariasis-free

July 14, 2023, 7:27 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported that 44 out of 46 provinces in the country where lymphatic filariasis (LF) is endemic have been declared free of the infection. In a media forum, DOH’s Disease Prevention and Control Bureau medical officer Kim Patrick Tejano noted that… Read More

Smokers, alcohol drinkers can donate blood - DOH

Smokers, alcohol drinkers can donate blood - DOH

July 12, 2023, 9:04 pm

MANILA – Smokers and individuals who take alcoholic drinks can still take part in bloodletting activities, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. “If you’re a smoker, no problem, but be sure, at least four hours before the donation time, hindi po tayo nakapagsigarilyo (you don’t… Read More

PH logs 814 new cases of Omicron subvariants

PH logs 814 new cases of Omicron subvariants

July 12, 2023, 4:28 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has detected 814 additional cases of the highly transmissible Omicron subvariants. In its latest coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) biosurveillance report released Wednesday, the DOH noted that 850 samples were sequenced by the University of the… Read More

Palawan inmates, jail guards get free check up, nutrition advice

Palawan inmates, jail guards get free check up, nutrition advice

July 11, 2023, 4:16 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – Both detainees and staff members of the Palawan Provincial Jail on Tuesday received free health services in line with the celebration of Nutrition Month. Dubbed Bantay Kalusugan, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and the Provincial Nutrition Office (PNO)… Read More

LGUs must mandate purchase of heart emergency gadgets

LGUs must mandate purchase of heart emergency gadgets

July 9, 2023, 8:11 pm

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – All local government units (LGUs) must prioritize the procurement of public automated external defibrillator (AED), urged Philippine Heart Association (PHA) incoming Central Luzon Chapter president Dr. Rayzen Lim. An AED is a portable, life-saving device which, when… Read More

Laguna highlights affordable diet on Nutrition Month

Laguna highlights affordable diet on Nutrition Month

July 3, 2023, 7:52 pm

SANTA CRUZ, Laguna – To strengthen the campaign for proper nutrition, the provincial government of Laguna, through its Provincial Nutrition Action Office, launched the celebration of the 49th Nutrition Month on Monday. In an interview, Teresita Ramos, the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer,… Read More

PH daily average of new Covid-19 cases declines by 20%

PH daily average of new Covid-19 cases declines by 20%

July 3, 2023, 6:19 pm

MANILA – The country’s daily average of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases decreased by 20 percent from June 25 to July 2, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday. In its latest case bulletin, the agency recorded 392 daily infections, a decline of 100 cases from the 492… Read More

Puerto Princesa dengue cases on the rise but manageable

Puerto Princesa dengue cases on the rise but manageable

June 27, 2023, 6:09 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – City health officials have sounded the warning bells over rising cases of dengue here amid the onset of the rainy season. As of Tuesday’s data from the City Health Office (CHO), there have been 954 dengue cases overall this year. Dengue virus is transmitted to… Read More

DOH launches Lab for All in Laguna

DOH launches Lab for All in Laguna

June 27, 2023, 3:59 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday launched the "Libreng Laboratoryo, Konsulta, at Gamot Para sa Lahat" caravan in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. In a statement, DOH Secretary Teodoro Herbosa said the caravan also known as “Lab for All” is a project of First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos.… Read More

Board exam non-passers can work as nursing assistants - PRC

Board exam non-passers can work as nursing assistants - PRC

June 26, 2023, 5:48 pm

MANILA – Nursing graduates who have yet to pass the licensure examination could work as nursing assistants, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said Monday. PRC Commissioner Jose Cueto Jr. said hiring non-board passers is part of the earlier pronouncement of Health Secretary Teodoro… Read More

Nurse shortage not nat'l emergency to issue temporary licenses

Nurse shortage not nat'l emergency to issue temporary licenses

June 26, 2023, 3:28 pm

MANILA – The shortage of nurses could not be considered a “crisis” to support a suggested plan of issuing temporary licenses to nursing graduates who did not pass the board exam, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said Monday. PRC Commissioner Jose Cueto Jr. said the Medical Act of… Read More

Batangas stocks up on emergency blood supply

Batangas stocks up on emergency blood supply

June 23, 2023, 3:35 pm

BATANGAS CITY – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) has reiterated its appeal to qualified donors, especially young and healthy individuals, to participate in any of several ongoing blood-letting drives to allow the province to stock up on emergency blood supply. Arlene Brucal, voluntary blood… Read More

P722.5-M nutrition projects to benefit 60 Bicol LGUs

P722.5-M nutrition projects to benefit 60 Bicol LGUs

June 20, 2023, 8:59 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – A total of 60 local government units (LGUs) in Region 5 (Bicol) will benefit from PHP722.5 million worth of community sub-projects of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), the Department of Social Welfare and… Read More

91% of children in Ilocos get measles-rubella vaccine

91% of children in Ilocos get measles-rubella vaccine

June 19, 2023, 6:02 pm

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The Department of Health regional office in Ilocos (DOH-1) recorded a total of 378,396 children immunized against measles-rubella in the region as of June 16 or 91 percent of the target population. “We commend the determination and perseverance of our implementing… Read More

Tarlac exceeds vax rate target for measles, polio

Tarlac exceeds vax rate target for measles, polio

June 15, 2023, 7:42 pm

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The province of Tarlac has reached over 100 percent of its target children for measles-rubella (MR) and oral polio vaccine (OPV) inoculation. In a report submitted by the Provincial Health Office, 13 towns of Tarlac -- Anao, Bamban, Capas, Concepcion, Gerona,… Read More

DOH eyes to tap ‘board eligibles’ to solve nurse shortage

DOH eyes to tap ‘board eligibles’ to solve nurse shortage

June 8, 2023, 4:51 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is looking into tapping "board eligibles" to solve the shortage of nurses in public hospitals. “’Yung mga board eligible, 'yung naka-graduate na ng four-year degree pero siguro 'di pa nakapasa na pwedeng ma-hire sa government even without their license… Read More

New DOH chief to prioritize Covid-19, HIV, TB issues

New DOH chief to prioritize Covid-19, HIV, TB issues

June 8, 2023, 4:16 pm Updated on June 8, 2023, 4:56 pm

MANILA – Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa said Thursday his administration would focus on the exit plan of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic and strategies to improve the situation of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB) cases in the country. In a televised… Read More

   Pangasinan records 424 dengue cases in first 5 months

Pangasinan records 424 dengue cases in first 5 months

June 6, 2023, 7:17 pm

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan–The Provincial Health Office (PHO) has recorded 424 dengue cases from January 1 to June 5 this year, an insignificant increase from the 419 during the same period last year. More noteworthy is the absence of fatalities just like during the first five months last year,… Read More

Donated bivalent jabs 'not enough' for health workers, elderly

Donated bivalent jabs 'not enough' for health workers, elderly

June 6, 2023, 4:36 pm

MANILA – An infectious diseases expert said Tuesday the government would need two to three million doses of bivalent Covid-19 vaccine to protect the vulnerable population. In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante said the 391,000 doses of bivalent Covid-19 vaccines the Philippines… Read More